• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ronin In Japan, under the feudal system, a samurai who had renounced his clan or who had been discharged or ostracized and had become a wanderer without a lord; an outcast; an outlaw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ronin A Japanese samurai, or two-sworded military retainer, who for any cause had renounced his clan, or who for some offense against his superior had been dismissed from service, and dispossessed of his estate, revenue, or pay; a masterless man; an outcast; an outlaw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ronin rō′nin a discharged Japanese samurai, an outcast or outlaw.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Jap. rō-nin, fr. Chin. lang, profligate, lawless + jên,old sound nīn,) man
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Jap., lit. 'wave-man.'


In literature:

To this the Ronins one and all pledged themselves.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
We should have the story of the Forty-seven Ronin, not a Japanese stage version, but a work from the source-material.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
There, I fancy, religious "ronins" are common enough.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
Forty-seven brilliant young technicians, just like the forty-seven ronin, the samurai of the famous legend.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
M. E. (545) Ronin, Lieut.
"Jane's All the World's Aircraft" by Various
They had been attacked, they swore, by a band of at least fifty ronins.
"The Curse of Koshiu" by Lewis Wingfield

In news:

Ichikawa's ronin has a hidden agenda.
From left are Taylor Moody, 11, of East Wilton, Ronin Kvaitchadze, 5, and his brother, Jeiran Kvaitchadze, 6, both of Boston, Mass.
Wireless Ronin Technologies, a Minneapolis-based digital signage provider, announced that it has promoted Scott Koller, the company's current president and chief operating officer, to serve as its president and CEO.
Keanu Reeves' '47 Ronin ' delayed for second time -- to Christmas 2013.
0 The cast of "47 Ronin " -- from left, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves and Kou Shibasaki -- with director Carl Rinsch, right.
Universal Pictures' troubled big-budget film "47 Ronin ," starring.
Four Japanese actors join '47 Ronin '.
Keanu Reeves to lead '47 Ronin '.
Keanu Reeves will star in "47 Ronin ," an epic period film for Universal Pictures based on the true tale of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master in 18th century Japan.
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin Stoa ECM Records.
Ronin Begins Refit at Knight & Carver.
0 Bjorn Meyer and Kaspar Rast of Nik Bartsch's Ronin perform in London in March.
'Alive at the Vanguard' et al. 0 Bjorn Meyer and Kaspar Rast of Nik Bartsch's Ronin perform in London in March.
Shown are, front, from left, Zen Ho and Ronin Nesbitt.
Gazze, one of perhaps two dozen martial-arts ronin who spar daily with the champ, mounts Rampage 's back and goes for a Kimura, or reverse shoulder lock, known to traditional judo students as ude-garami.